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Protective Order Issued Against Johnny Manziel: Latest Details and Reaction

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel walks off the field at halftime of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. Cincinnati won 37-3. (AP Photo/David Richard)
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Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2016

One day after details emerged alleging an altercation between Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel and his ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, a judge signed a protective order instructing Manziel to stay away from Crowley for two years and to pay her legal fees worth $12,000, according to WFAA's Rebecca Lopez

On Thursday, Lopez reported Manziel told Crowley to "shut up or I'll kill us both" after allegedly assaulting her on Saturday, Jan. 30. According to the report, Crowley told police that Manziel forced her into his car, dragged her by her hair and hit her.  

Despite the ugly details, Manziel was not charged by the Dallas Police Department. ESPN's Adam Schefter relayed its statement Thursday:

The Dallas Police Department has conducted the appropriate investigative follow-up to the report forwarded to us by the Ft. Worth Police Department regarding an alleged incident involving Johnny Manziel. Investigative efforts to date have not resulted in the filing of a criminal complaint and the incident is determined to be closed. No further statement is expected at this time.

Manziel has since denied the reported actions, per TMZ Sports. "It didn't happen," he said. "I'm completely stable. I'm safe and secure." 

And while the embattled signal-caller also told TMZ, "I have great things coming ahead," Friday was a difficult day from personal and professional standpoints for the quarterback. 

Beyond receiving word of the protective order, Manziel was dropped by his agent, Erik Burkhardt. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport relayed the agent's statement: 

Manziel's father, Paul Manziel, was blunt when discussing his son's well-being. 

"I truly believe if they can't get him help, he won't live to see his 24th birthday," he said, according to the Dallas Morning NewsKate Hairopoulos.

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam also expressed concern for Johnny Manziel as a person, not a football player, despite the quarterback's tenuous relationship with the franchise. 

"Johnny has not responded to us but we'll do anything we can to help him personally and our thoughts and prayers are with Johnny and his family," Haslam said, per Rapoport. "We're not worried about Johnny Manziel the football player, we're worried about Johnny Manziel the person, and I think that's all we need to say on the issue."

Per Lopez, Manziel is unlikely to play for Cleveland next season.

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